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Moon Spells How to Use the Phases of the Moon to Get What You Want By Diane Ahlquist Illustrations by Patty Volz Copyright ©2002, Diane Ahlquist. All rights reserved. This book, or parts thereof, may not be reproduced in any form without permission from the publisher; exceptions are made for brief excerpts used in published reviews. Published by Adams Media, a division of F+W Media, Inc. 57 Littlefield Street, Avon, MA 02322 U.S.A. www.adamsmedia.com ISBN 13: 978-1-58062-695-8 ISBN 10: 1-58062-695-5 eISBN: 978-1-44051-944-4 Printed in the United States of America. J I H G F Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Ahlquist, Diane. Moon spells : how to use the phases of the moon to get what you want / by Diane Ahlquist. p. cm. ISBN 1-58062-695-5 1. Magic. 2. Moon--Phases--Miscellanea. I. Title. BF1623.M66 A35 2002 133.4'3--dc21 2002003795 Cover illustration by Denise Satter. Interior illustrations by Patty Volz. This publication is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information with regard to the subject matter covered. It is sold with the understanding that the publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting, or other professional advice. If legal advice or other expert assistance is required, the services of a competent professional person should be sought. —From a Declaration of Principles jointly adopted by a Committee of the American Bar Association and a Committee of Publishers and Associations This book is available at quantity discounts for bulk purchases. For information, call 1-800-289-0963. Dedication I dedicate this book to all those who hold it in their hands—to those who believe there is more than what we experience on the physical plane and to all who are adventuresome and are influenced by the Moon and her positive energy. You are the seekers, you are the pathfinders. No matter what your age, you are the voices of the new age . . . you are the true magick in life. Contents Acknowledgments Introduction PART I P; reparing for Your Spell • 1 • When to Perform Your Spell • 2 • Lunar Calendar • 3 • Where to Conduct Your Spells • 4 • Why and How to Perform Spells • 5 • How to Cast Different Formations • 6 • Moon Spell Checklist • 7 • Finding Time • 8 • Overcoming Problems • 9 • Creating and Walking a Moon Circle PART II Creating a Magickal Atmosphere •10• Magickal Enhancements Food and Beverage Clothing Music •11• Magickal Tools Candles Incense and Fragrances Crystals and Gemstones Element Water Additional Magickal Tools Personal Altars PART III Spells •12• Health Continued Good Health Controlling Anger Releasing Addiction Releasing Fear Tarash—A Special Form of Healing Well-Being and Happiness for Others •13• Love Wedding or Partnership Attracting a Lover Soul Mate I Can Feel You, Where Are You? Leaving Someone Sensual Desire •14• Career/Job Starting Your Own Business Job Seeking Accepting the Loss of a Job Promotion/Raise •15• For Women Only Fertility Easy Childbirth Love (for Women Only) •16• For Men Only Fathering Love (for Men Only) •17• Spirituality Seeking Your Purpose Divine Messages Group Meditation for Any Purpose Spell •18• Miscellaneous Spells Better Communication Birthday Spell Freeing Yourself from Someone (A Binding Spell) Increasing Your Psychic Abilities/Invoking the Power Within Making a Decision—A Pendulum Spell Prosperity Safe Travel Special Intentions White Light Protection Spell PART IV Lanterns of Light •19• Chinese Astrology •20• Numerology •21• Western Astrology Conclusion Bibliography Acknowledgments There are some people who you cannot thank enough and one of those is Claire Gerus, my editor. To her I express appreciation and love. Also, Laura MacLaughlin, Kate McBride, and all at Adams Media for their efforts to make this book responsive to the needs of the reader. Naturally, my mother, Rosemarie, who always thought I was wonderful but different! To my sister, Marie, for her research and insights of the metaphysical. To my nephews, Daniel and Johnny Frenden, for their blessed thoughts. To Adrian Volney, for his patience and considerate nature as I pursue my interests and for understanding why I must have a moon circle in our backyard! To the Volney children, for their smiling faces and happy dispositions. A special thanks to Patty Volz, a dear friend, who unselfishly contributed her artwork to these pages. A job well done and a God-given gift I am glad you are pursuing. Denise Satter . . . the cover art looks wonderful! You made the book come alive. Laura Nelson . . . over twenty years ago, I thought you were one of the finest people I had ever met. To this day, that truth remains the same. Also, to . . . Dave Stern . . . always my lighthouse in the storm of life. Debi Albert, a friend who supported me unconditionally and always wished me success. Roger Goff . . . as always, your words of wisdom and knowledge made the difference. Kathy Greager . . . a true Moon advocate and my favorite Pisces. Inger Svenson . . . your Swedish energy and insights enlightened me. Pat Samuels . . . for your invaluable comments and interest in things that are new to you. Rahelio . . . for reminding me to keep everything in the circle. Joe Lubow . . . an angel in disguise. Mike Seery . . . just talking to you encourages me and gives me confidence in what I do. Carolyn Drogan . . . “I think of you more than you know. Namaste” Brandi Keown . . . you make the state of Virginia shine. Frank Smith . . . whose houseboat was my lodging while I wrote much of this book. Blessings to: Robert Irwin, Brenda Brock, and Charlotte, Desmond, and Andrew Campbell. All of my clients and friends whose names I would thank individually if it were not for the limitations of space. And finally, to the essence of all the ascended masters for daily guidance they give me in meditation. Introduction I was named after the Moon Goddess, Diana. Even so, while I was growing up, I paid no more attention to our closest celestial neighbor than any other child. Then, about ten years ago, a friend of mine who worked at the police department pointed out that her emergency calls were heavier on and around the full Moon. This prompted me to wonder about the Moon’s influence on my life. I had kept a journal for many years, and on one ambitious day I went back over my old entries. To my surprise, I discovered a profound connection between the Moon’s phases and the important events in my past. The projects or romances that “worked” were started under a new Moon; most negative events in my life took place under a full Moon. Diets never worked when the Moon was waxing—but business thrived. My divorce (which proceeded with no conflict or ill feelings) was initiated under a waning Moon. My intuition was more accurate at a full Moon, my energy lowest when the Moon was dark. Thoroughly fascinated, I began researching and experimenting with techniques to take advantage of this new discovery. Once I found techniques that worked for me, the obvious next step was to see if they would work for others. I have now been doing “intuitive counseling” for over twenty years. Throughout that time I recognized I was frequently using the phases of the Moon to help my clients get their lives under control. I provided rituals for them to perform as a means of helping them to better themselves for the good of all and without interfering with anyone else. Although I technically never put a word to these rites, they were what some would consider spells . . . Moon Spells. Skeptical? Let me tell you about one of those clients—and her brother, who met my client and me for dinner one evening. This gentleman talked about nothing but himself all night. He was clearly unhappy and exceptionally frustrated at his lack of employment. I asked him in which phase of the Moon he planned his interviews. He rolled his eyes. “Looking at the Moon isn’t going to get me a job,” he growled. I smiled. “I see you have your date book with you,” I said. “Just for fun, why don’t we review the dates of your interviews for the last three months.” He reluctantly agreed. It was no surprise to me when the calendar showed that all his previous appointments had taken place under a waning Moon—a time for releasing and letting go . . . not starting new endeavors. When I explained this to him, he remained skeptical and uninterested. Later on, he mentioned that he had another interview that very week. I knew that, again, the Moon was waning. I asked him if he could postpone the interview a while longer until the Moon would be waxing (an ideal time for job hunting). At his sister’s urging, he acquiesced. Then, the day before his rescheduled interview (again largely due to his sister’s prompting), the three of us performed a group spell for employment—the same one you’ll find later on in this book. At the interview the next day, he was told he didn’t qualify for the job. He rushed right home and called me, sounding almost happy. “You’re full of beans,” he told me (or words to that effect). “The Moon and these spells have no special powers.” The following morning, the gentleman with whom he had interviewed the day before contacted him. Another position had become available with a better salary. He took the job . . . but refused to acknowledge it might have had anything to do with the spell we performed. Nevertheless, he suddenly decided to mention he had been without a girlfriend for over two years. Was he, in fact, hinting about a spell that could assist in finding him a mate? No, not Mr. Skeptic! Smiling, I told him about the love spells. Again, he agreed to try them—but only “to prove once and for all that this is nonsense.” He waited for a new Moon (the proper phase to undertake a new romance) and recited the spell when he was alone. The next evening, I found another sarcastic message on my answering machine from him, saying that he’d failed to meet the love of his life and that all these spells had been a waste of time and effort. I called him back and explained that the spells usually took longer than a single day. And after waiting two years for the results of his own efforts, I didn’t think a couple of days was so much to ask. It actually took two weeks. Mr. Skeptic met a lady at a yard sale, whom he eventually married. Last I heard, they were doing well—and wanted to know if I had any suggestions for a spell for a new house and family! The book you hold in your hands outlines the same kind of simple spells and techniques that helped Mr. Skeptic achieve his life goals. Used in conjunction with the energy provided by the Moon’s five basic phases (New, Waxing, Full, Waning, and Dark), these “Moon Spells” can help you overcome the challenges you face in your own life. Ancient civilizations were very respectful of the Moon’s power: They planted crops according to the Moon’s phases, paid homage to her in countless rituals, and celebrated her with their most festive holidays. Even today, when we know her power on a more practical level (the cause of ocean tides, her influence on women’s menstrual cycles), we all remain fascinated and intrigued by the mystery and beauty of the full Moon in the night sky. Today, it’s virtually impossible to pick up any publication pertaining to the use of the Moon’s phases without becoming an amateur astrologer. I have great respect for the Zodiac and the wealth of information one can derive from it, but not everyone has the time to study or practice it. Rather than relying heavily on astrology, Moon Spells simply focuses on an understanding of the five basic phases of the Moon and how to apply them to your life. The spells will allow you to relax and look at life’s challenges with greater clarity, to reach an altered state of consciousness. By tapping into that level of consciousness, you’ll find a wealth of information to guide you and give you the ability to perform what some would call magick. Still skeptical? For a chance at peace and happiness, I think it’s well worth trying the techniques in this book. You may transform your life. At worst, you’ll spend a few nights looking at our beautiful Moon. How to Use This Book Read the section entitled “Preparation” before beginning any spell. Familiarize yourself with the general concepts in the sections on when, where, and how to perform spells. Flip through the enhancements section as well—the extras described therein that will help you to relax and reach an altered state more easily. Diagrams will show you different placements for either individuals or groups. If you’re doing group spells, this section is extremely important: Read it thoroughly and take the time to understand the way these sessions are to be conducted. When guiding other individuals, you must make sure you have a firm grasp of what you are doing or the process will have a weak and chaotic energy, and you will lose the confidence of the others in your group. Then turn to the Table of Contents and find the spells that most intrigue you. Each spell suggests the proper enhancements, formation to cast, and the optimum phase of the Moon under which it should be performed. If you discover something in one of the spells that does not sit right with you—even if it is only a single word or phrase—change it to make yourself more comfortable. The Lunar Calendar provides a daily picture of which phase the Moon is in, starting at a full Moon. To keep the Calendar from ever becoming outdated, we have used a general format of how the phases will make their passage. Start at the full Moon and follow it all the way through. Don’t pressure yourself to memorize details, such as what color candles to use or what gemstones best suit your situation. That’s what this book is for. Refer back to it as often as you like. Memorization of your favorite spells isn’t necessary either. If you don’t want to carry the whole book around, make a copy of the spell you use most often and carry that. Above all, take your time and don’t rush the process. This book promotes no specific belief system and requires no extensive knowledge of magick. It is a nondenominational, spiritual approach. The only thing it requires is that you believe in God, a Higher Power, or the balance of Nature. The spells or rituals are a blend of different belief systems and different rites. There are those who do not believe in the mixing of such beliefs. However, I have found that a combination of the vibrations from different philosophies brings powerful results. In fact, the very book you hold in your hands this moment is the result of a Moon Spell I have performed! Other books on the market today that deal with Moon rituals and Moon power fall into two categories: those dependent on astrology and those written by people practicing Wicca, the religion of nature. To fully understand how astrological signs apply to the Moon’s phases requires an extensive explanation of astrology itself and a belief in its guiding principles. The books that treat the Moon from this perspective are typically split in half: first focusing on astrology and then on the Moon. Those books that present the Moon as a focus of pagan or Wiccan beliefs are also split personalities, again having to explain their two main subjects separately. By no means is there anything wrong with such beliefs—their spiritual roots, their focus on nature, and their intention are true. Although you will find similarities to some Wiccan beliefs, this book is not Wiccan and is not a book of witchcraft. The fact that I refer to these rituals as spells should not alarm or offend. It is merely a catchy word to explain the appeal to the universe or the God of your understanding for some extra help. The word “spell” can be easily replaced by: Moon ceremonies, Moon observances, or sacred Moon rites. Many religions have their version of rites using tools such as candles, incense, statues, and holy water. The use of color and representation is also significant to certain religious groups. So performing what I refer to as a spell is not much different than someone praying at a home altar to their favorite saint with candles lit and holy water nearby. I have never judged anyone else’s beliefs. I feel that all those who believe in a higher power than ourselves, have respect for each other and the planet, and believe in not intentionally causing harm to someone else all answer to the same Divine. It is my hope and prayer that someday all religions will respect other belief systems and recognize the vanity of believing that one specific religion is the only true religion on the planet. Let us all unite and love one another. Is this not the basis of every religion on the earth? At least there is this commonality. Performing these spells, in my opinion, is not in opposition to anyone’s religion or beliefs. They are experiments with vibration, energy, the elements, and an appeal to the subconscious mind. These acts are a strong call of assistance to whatever or whoever you believe our maker to be. Anyone can pick up this book and immediately start utilizing it to access the Moon as a source of strength and transformation for a more positive lifestyle. The emphasis in Moon Spells on the five basic phases of the Moon, which most of us are somewhat familiar with, sets it apart from other books on the subject. Those phases are: full, waning, dark, new, and waxing. Detailed information about these phases can be found in the section, “When to Perform Your Spell.” PART I Preparing for Your Spell Introduction Spells require thought, preparation, and an understanding of the proper approach, which will allow you to spark the magick in which you will be invoking. An organized ritual is a successful ritual. Working with the elements of nature, timing, and certain configurations puts us in sync with the universal life force energy. The wise spell caster waits until everything is in order and does not rush the natural flow of energy that moves like a current in the unseen. Harmonize yourself with these preparatory details and you will experience the curious and mystic properties they conjure. Act proficiently in your efforts and you will be rewarded with the results of a task well done. •1• When to Perform Your Spell When conducting these spells, use the phases of the Moon to set the pace. Be patient and wait for the proper phase or you may not get the results you seek. I include the best phase or phases of the Moon in which to perform your spells along with the spell itself for easy reference. However, here is additional data that will give you a better understanding of how I determined the best phase of the Moon for each particular spell. This will also be of benefit to you when creating your own spells for any occasion. The Phases of the Moon New Sometimes called the crescent Moon, when you can see the very first sliver of light in the sky. This phase promotes new beginnings, new endeavors, and new relationships. It is a time for making positive changes, looking for fresh career opportunities, and planting seeds of ideas that will be harvested later. Waxing In this phase, the Moon appears to be growing in size, shifting from new to full as though it’s gaining strength. It makes sense, then, that this is a good time to focus on increasing things of your own—your knowledge, bank accounts, relationships. It’s a time to think about pregnancy, to increase communications of all types, whether for business or pleasure. Deal with legal matters if you want financial gain. This phase promotes healing. Full The Moon’s most powerful phase, when we see her entire illuminated face. This is a time of fulfillment, activity, increased psychic ability, for perfecting ideas, “getting your act together,” celebrations, or renewing commitments to people or projects. The best time for spells of any kind. Waning The Moon is decreasing in size as it journeys from full to dark. The waning Moon is a time of decrease, release, letting go, and completion. An excellent time to begin dieting, breaking bad habits, breaking off relationships, or dealing with legal matters. Dark The two or three days when the Moon is not visible in the sky at all. The dark Moon and the new Moon are often considered the same phase, but for our purposes I have separated the two. On an average calendar, the dark Moon is usually indicated by a black spot on your calendar. However, the dark Moon occurs on the day it is marked as well as one day before and one day after. This is a good time for discarding things in your life you do not want, contemplating what you have already accomplished, and what you want to accomplish in the future. An excellent cycle to find time for yourself, or if you’re so inclined, an ideal time for seclusion. Moons of the Year Every month has one full Moon. When there are two full Moons in one month, this is called a blue Moon. Every calendar year has one blue Moon. Ancient people assigned different names for the Moons of each month. Different cultures gave the Moon different titles to express what the Moon meant to them in a given month. Some of the Moon names make common sense, while others may make no sense at all unless you know the logic behind it. January Common Name: Wolf Moon Uncommon Name: Chaste Moon—Calls for cleansing and renewal as the new year begins; it is the time for starting over, washing away the past, and fresh beginnings. February Common Name: Ice Moon Uncommon Name: Hunger Moon—Winter’s supplies depleted, the yearning for spring is a hunger of the soul as well as the belly. March Common Name: Storm Moon Uncommon Name: Worm Moon—The thawing of the earth brings a renewal of life as the earthworms break the soil and emerge from the damp earth in the moonlight. April Common Name: Growing Moon Uncommon Name: Pink Moon—The spring fills the meadows with the pink heads of wildflowers and new grasses. May Common Name: Hare Moon Uncommon Name: Milk Moon—The birth of animals, domestic and wild, brings forth the mother’s milk, the life-giver, and first food of man and beast. June Common Name: Mead Moon Uncommon Name: Dyad Moon—The Moon of the month of Gemini, this period honors twins and the sacred marriage of the god and goddess, bringing two into one. July Common Name: Hay Moon Uncommon Name: Wort Moon—Wort being an ancient word for herbs, it is the Moon for gathering of herbs, replenishing the stores of medicinal plants, and drying them in the heat of summer for the long winter to come. August Common Name: Corn Moon Uncommon Name: Dispute Moon—The earth mother gives birth to bountiful harvest; with full bellies and hope for continuation, we settle our disputes and put away old anger as we look forward to the long, peaceful winter to come. September Common Name: Harvest Moon 'Uncommon Name: Vine Moon—The Celtic Moon of exhilaration, driven by forces of work to obtain completion—of the harvest, the winemaking, and insight for the future. October Common Name: Blood Moon (a time of hunting) Uncommon Name: Shedding Moon—the Moon where the deer shed their antlers and begin the rut—the compelling drive to create new life that supersedes the death of winter. November Common Name: Snow Moon Uncommon Name: Tree Moon—The Celtic tree months of the Reed and the Elder tree overlap with the reed representing the Moon of silence, inner workings, and strength and the elder representing the Moon of completion; the days shorten as the end of the year draws near. December Common Name: Cold Moon Uncommon Name: Oak Moon—Sacred tree of the ancients, strong enough to withstand the harshest winter, renewal of the new year, straddling the old, dark year and the new light year two worlds, as the oak tree’s roots are in the dark earth and its branches are in the sky. Days of the Week to Conduct Rituals The day of the week on which you execute a spell can also have an impact on your ceremony. The day of the week is not as important as the phases of the Moon; however, if you are able to coordinate the right day with the right phase of the Moon, that makes it all the more powerful. For example, a spell for attracting a lover is best done on a Friday when the Moon is full, new, or waxing. But if the Moon is not in the right phase for relationships on Friday, do not be overly concerned. Proceed with the spell and do not worry about what day of the week it is. The weekdays equate to adding a pinch of salt in a stew. It may make it a bit tastier but will not make a significant difference. Do not wait for months till everything is in perfect order. If everything else in essence is perfect and the day of the week you were hoping for is not workable, there is a higher purpose at work. The day you perform your spell will be perfect for you. Days of the Week for Spells and Rituals DAYRULING PLANET BEST FOR Monday Moon Psychic endeavors or impressions, invoking power, creative ideas, divine/inspirational messages, healing Tuesday Mars Sexual encounters, protection, building strength of mind and body, confidence Wednesday Mercury Career/job issues, intellectual pursuits, travel planning, research Thursday Jupiter Finances, legal matters, spirituality, development Friday Venus Romantic attraction, all relationships, reconciliation, physical makeovers, beautifying your environment Saturday Saturn Home-related issues, brainstorming future project, committing to personal goals, weight loss, releasing bad habits, endings of any kind-relationships, etc. Sunday Sun Healing of body, mind, soul, management/decision-making, Insights to problem solving, divine intervention/miracles, special friendships •2• Lunar Calendar The lunation of the Moon is approximately twenty-nine-and-a-half days starting from a full Moon and continuing until the next full Moon. To give you an idea of how the lunation occurs, I have included an approximate idea of the Moon phase process. For simplification, day twenty-nine-and-a-half will be considered day thirty. A Lunar Month •3• Where to Conduct Your Spells Location is important, but you must be practical and do what is best for you. There are pros and cons to everything, and where to cast a spell is no different. There are those who will say there is nothing like the outside to spin you magick. However, if you live in the middle of downtown Los Angeles, Detroit, Atlanta, or New York, that is not a very wise choice. As we live in modern times of condominium life, the noise of speeding cars and construction vehicles outside may be too chaotic. In medieval times, for example, things like ambulances, airplanes, railroad trains, and automobile horns were not a concern. Therefore, think in the now and not about what our ancestors’ situations were. Consider your specific location and determine what alternatives you have available. Inside It is easier to conduct spells inside, due to the fact that wind will not keep blowing out your candles, you have electricity for music, there is privacy and also safety. As you are accessing the powers of the Moon, try to find a spot where you can see the Moon, if possible. But above all, be comfortable. If there is a room in your home where you can see the Moon but you are not relaxed in that area, do not use it. If you’re conducting your spell during the day or are someplace without windows or any view of the sky, use a representation of the Moon. A picture of the Moon works well (feel free to draw your own) or any item that represents the Moon. You can purchase a terra cotta Moon decoration at most garden centers or make one out of cardboard or anything you have available. A Moon pendant or pin would do. Be creative; anything you feel that represents the Moon is perfect for you. Keep in mind, your privacy is a must. There should be no one else in the room with you unless they are directly participating in this ritual. If you have a large family and have a difficult time finding a place to be alone, you can always opt for the bathroom. It may sound comical, but I performed one of my best spells in the bathroom at a Holiday Inn as I was sharing a room with a friend who was not like-minded. Outside To do a spell outside is excellent as you are surrounded by nature. However, the majority of people do not have acres of land where they can be assured privacy. Even in a park or on a beach, there is the probability of you attracting onlookers and people passing by. A backyard is workable, but if you have noisy neighbors, barking dogs, or a delivery person that may show up unexpectedly, it is not a good idea. Remember that you should not be trying to gain attention. Be discreet, and the power is more effective. If you are one of the lucky ones who has a privacy fence or lots of land around you, you may give it try. The use of candles may not work if it is a windy day. (See the candle section for more details on how to cope with this situation.) Whatever you do, make sure you always feel safe. If you cast your spell in the evening and are afraid someone will sneak up on you, it will defeat the purpose. Why add stress to your spell? Usually a group of people is better for outdoor spells. Weigh the positives and the negatives and make a choice. I have performed spells outside as well as inside, and the results have not been more successful one way or the other. I must admit, though, if you have the opportunity to perform magick amidst nature, do venture to do so. The experience is very enchanting. Tree Magick For those who are able to utilize the wonders of the outside world in an area that has many trees, you may want to conduct your spell under or near a special tree. It could be a tree you just get a “good feeling” from or a specific tree you seek that has a special quality. I conduct many spells under an orange tree in my own backyard. Many cultures feel trees have curative properties and can dispel negative energy from a person without harming the tree. This is why sometimes just a walk through a national forest or the local park can calm you. If you perform a spell near a special tree, take a moment and feel the energy from that particular tree. Thank the tree for the vibration that it is giving to you. Native Americans and other cultures believe that a tree embodies a living spirit. Don’t be surprised, but hugging trees is not as uncommon as one would think. Sometimes a tree has a specific quality that we need—something that has been depleted within our own bodies. Hence, we have a need to put back that vital force. These are the trees we are usually drawn to, as they can rejuvenate us without taking away from themselves. Example: If your interest in romance has been virtually zero due to conditions in your life like overworking, traveling, or just being without a partner, you may have the need to put yourself near or even hug an oak tree. The oak is said to increase sexuality! “Nothing ventured nothing gained.” Following is a small list of trees expressing qualities and essences that are said to be of their nature. Ash: peace, protection, prosperity, strength Birch: new beginnings, healing of wounds and burns Cedar: courage, longevity, wealth, self-esteem, purification Coconut Palm: purity, honor, relaxation Cypress: past life issues, comfort, protection; eases the loss of anything Elder: transformation and change, peaceful sleep, self-confidence Elm: protection and meditation; stops slander Eucalyptus: healing, protection, moon affinity Lilac: activate chakras (energy centers), healing of back pain Lime: divination, development, cleansing Magnolia: fidelity, changes, relaxation and calmness Maple: longevity, love, money Myrtle: fertility, balance, youth, riches Oak: increasing sexuality, luck, strength Pear: clarity, energy, confidence, reduction of stress Pecan: career issues and job seeking, money, discipline Pine: prosperity, purification, health, exorcism Plum: love and healing, self-confidence Poplar: astral projection, wisdom, mental healing, starting over Walnut: depression, healing, heals infertility Willow: wishes coming true, seductiveness, protection, energy to the sick The magick in trees does not have to be activated only when carrying out Moon spells, but can be accessed anytime as a natural wealth of refreshment to your body, mind, and spirit. Always thank the tree in silence with a nod of your head for allowing you to receive its special essential qualities and for absorbing your negativity. For the record, the tree is not harmed by this process—it shakes your energy away via the elements and is refreshed within seconds. Which Direction to Face Another gift of nature and an important factor to consider when initiating a Moon spell is the direction in which to face. Compass directions north, south, east, and west are very significant when casting a spell. By facing the proper direction, you are utilizing the vibration or energy that it offers. The powers of the four directions are a free gift of nature that is often overlooked. You can also think of the four directions as the four winds. You can “bring up the winds” from the north, south, east, and west. This means you will still stand facing a compass point, but will invoke the energy to blow toward you in the form of a gust. By not bringing up the winds, the flow of the vital forces are far more gentle, which is often necessary. It depends on the type of spell whether you only face a specific direction or you face that direction and also bring up the winds. One might compare it to an electric fan with two speeds. The flow of air is coming from the same source, but you control how quickly or slowly it reaches you. Also, bear in mind that you most likely will not actually feel the wind that you have summoned. However, the invisible activity through the air will make its way to your spell area and serve you far beyond your realm of thought. There is magick in the air! For each individual spell in this book, I provide you with the direction in which to face. I also suggest whether to bring up the winds or not and provide you the invocations on how to do so. In addition, for spells you create on your own, as well as for your own general information, I have included the following details about the vibration that emanates from each compass direction. NORTH corresponds to the element of earth. Face north for health issues, healing of the body, spirituality, increasing or developing your intuition, using some type of divination, for transcending the physical and trying to communicate with someone telepathically, and in asking for guidance from whomever or whatever you call your higher power. This is the most powerful direction. SOUTH corresponds to the element of fire. Face south for love issues, relationships of any kind, creative and artistic pursuits, anything of a romantic or emotional nature. EAST corresponds to the element of air. Face east for career issues, strength, clarity, new business opportunities, financial matters and any endeavor requiring extra energy, healing of the mind, new beginnings. WEST corresponds to the element of water. Face west for letting go and moving on, increasing self-esteem, forgiving yourself or someone else, cleansing, unconditional love. Special Note: When in doubt as to which direction to turn, face north, because it is the foundation of all things. If the compass direction you’re using does not put you in view of the Moon, do not be concerned. The energy of the Moon enters from all around you even if your back is to her. Try to face the direction that I suggest in the spells as opposed to facing the Moon itself. The energy coming down from the Moon is all you need to acknowledge. For the best of both worlds, conduct your spell outside when the Moon is directly overhead or almost overhead. In that way, you can see the Moon from any direction. Another suggestion is what I often do: Sometimes when I am casting a spell inside, I peak my head out the door for a few seconds to get a glimpse of the Moon to feel the connection and then come back inside and perform my ritual. Relax . . . Moon vibrations can permeate through rooftops, mountains, clouds, rain, snow, and even the apartment of the people above you. • 4• Why and How to Perform Spells To cast a spell is to conduct a ritual. Do we need spells and rituals to get what we want in life or to make things go more smoothly? The answer is no. If you have strong faith and a forceful mind, you can create what you want by merely thinking it is. There is no need of magick tools, incantations, and all the things that accompany casting a spell. So why do it? There are many reasons. Conducting a ritual is an appeal to our subconscious mind. The act in itself slowly puts us in an altered state or trance that places us in a frame of mind to concentrate better on what we are seeking. It eventually builds up to a crescendo of intention and willpower. A ritual spell begins by gathering our magickal tools, such as candles, incense, and whatever else is required. The tools or enhancements are symbolic—they work with your subconscious and tell you when to go from the physical world to a world of magick. The moment I pick up my knife I use for rituals (Wiccans would call it an athame), I can feel myself moving into a mystical environment. As I place my candles, I feel the energy of the room changing. You must be aware of every feeling and emotion from start to finish. Everything you do in these rituals must have intention behind it, and you must realize that you are creating an enchanted area in which to work your spells. When you cast a formation, you enter deeper into the subconscious. Each step takes you deeper and deeper, away from the mundane. By the time you recite the incantations for the spells, you are “powered up” to a point of generating great energy and are entirely focused on what you want. For example, a spell to land a wanted job is a far more powerful choice than someone sitting at home thinking, “Gee, it would be nice if I got that job tomorrow.” You are actually sending out vibrations that soar through the cosmos to bring the reality back to you. You are raising energy. Also, rituals give you something to do that is constructive instead of worrying about things. A lady I knew from Asheville, North Carolina, proved this point. She applied for a loan at a bank that to say the least was a “long shot.” It was Friday, and she had to wait until Monday before she would have an answer. She called me on Friday night and said she was pacing, eating too much, and feeling like a nervous wreck. I recommended a spell for her. It took her all day Saturday to gather up the items she needed, and on Sunday afternoon, she performed her spell. Before she knew it, the weekend was over. Instead of agonizing over her situation, she felt she was doing something to give her loan a better chance of being approved. She was not sure she really believed it would work, but felt it was worth the effort since she could not concentrate on anything else. That in itself was a good reason to conduct the ritual. Monday afternoon, the phone call came from the loan officer telling her she did get the loan, but only because they decided to give her a special exception. Was it the spell or would it have happened anyway? She commented that whatever it was, the spell certainly did not hurt. Also, if you worry too much and assume failure, you will create it. She rerouted her nervous energy to create what she wanted. Some people conduct spells just because they’re fun. If you are performing spells with a group, it is a great reason to come together and a way of socializing and using creative talents. It is a way for people to bond. Personally, I take spell casting very seriously and do it for more than just fun, but I do not conduct spells often. When you decide you are going to cast a Moon spell, it should be out of true necessity. Do not cast spells too often. It should be done for special occasions and for special reasons if you really take it seriously. Learning when to conduct a Moon spell is of the utmost importance, as discussed earlier. Plan well ahead and give yourself all the advantages. How to Conduct a Spell: The Advance Work • Decide which spell you will be using. If you’re writing your own, do it well before the day of execution in case you decide to change it after thinking about it for a day or two. • Check to make sure you have all the tools or enhancements available. You do not want to run out to a store an hour before you conduct these rituals. You should be as relaxed as possible the day of your ceremony. • Locate the area in which you will be casting your formation in advance. • Choose your clothing and make sure it is clean and ready to wear. • Clear your schedule so you are not rushed. • If the spell is to be conducted at home, clean it so you won’t be nervous or concerned about chores later. Moon Spell Day: The Basic Order 1. Shut off all telephones, pagers, and anything that will distract you. 2. Put pets that will disrupt you in another room. 3. Take children to the babysitter’s if you have made that previous arrangement, or ask household members not to disturb you for the amount of time you think it will take. Allow a minimum of half an hour. 4. Take a shower or bath. 5. Take your tools and enhancements and go to your spell area. Make sure you have your spell. 6. If you’re using music, you may want to start playing it while 7. Move furniture around to give yourself the space you require. 8. Place all your tools within the space you will be using. 9. Cast your formation according to above directions and place your candles and gemstones according to the diagrams. 10. Relax and visualize your body being protected by a bright white light. See it flowing from your toes up to the top of your head. Not only does the formation protect you, but the white light is also a shield of additional protection from negative influences. 11. Sit, and when you feel it appropriate, recite your spell. You may want to listen to the music for a while before actually reciting the spell, or you may want to sit in silence to prepare. The specific directions of the spell will direct you from here. It may be writing something on paper, drinking wine or juice from a chalice, etc. 1. Once you have completed your spell, sit for as long as you feel is comfortable. Extinguish all candles and open up your formation, release it, and leave immediately. (See formation section for how to open up and release a formation.) 2. Remove all enhancements and put things back in order. •5• How to Cast Different Formations The reason we make a formation of any kind is to center and ground the spell. It protects and holds the energy in place. Most people chose to cast circles, as there is no beginning and no end, making it strong and effective. It is in and of itself, one. However, I have found that casting a circle first and then a triangle or a square within it is also powerful and protective for different types of spells. Therefore, I suggest one of the three formations for each individual spell. If you are not at ease with using a triangle or square within a circle, stay with the circle only. Remember, never use a square or triangle alone. Always cast them within your circle. As I have repeated, these are really your choices, and there is nothing you should force yourself to do if it does not feel right. If you are not sure of what formation is best suited to you, experiment. Let the higher self within guide you. Follow the direction that is given to you. In the spell section of this book, I suggest what formation to cast for each particular spell. However, you can change this. Remember that it is your spell, so do what you will. Material Items to Cast a Formation Your objective is to create a circle, triangle, or square in which you alone or you and others can sit. Using material items is a visible way to cast a formation. Some people like to physically define a space by the use of something one can see. Salt is an excellent choice as it represents preservation, purification, and enhancement. Nature’s gifts like pebbles, seashells, stones, sticks, flowers, and sand make lovely items in which to figure a formation. I have also seen the use of tarot cards, crystals, and candles. If you are performing the ritual inside, you do not want anything that may stain a floor or carpet. When outside, it is helpful to use something that will not blow away. I have a permanent circle of bricks in my meditation garden that I use for ceremonies, and when I work magick, I just invoke the energy, which I will discuss later in this chapter. Visualization to Cast a Formation If you do not choose to use any visible materials, you can cast a formation by picturing it and drawing it with an invisible line. To cast a formation in this manner, use something that extends from your body that you can point, such as a wand, crystal, or knife. In essence, you are using a type of mystical drawing pencil. If you use a knife, it must not be used to cut anything physical and may be used only for ritual reasons. If the thought of a knife, dagger, or sword of any kind is jarring, simply do not use one. Also remember the knife can be dull, as it is used to direct energy only. I have a friend that uses a beautiful letter opener to cast formations for her spells. Some may laugh, but she does some great magickal work with that letter opener, and she wouldn’t give it up for the sword of Sir Lancelot! Try a long crystal, or attach a crystal to the end of a stick or a piece of copper pipe (copper is a conductor) and make your own wand. If you’re not comfortable finding a tool (such as a wand) that can direct energy, then cast your formation with an extended arm. Point your first and second fingers to direct the energy and draw your imaginary formation. You can also combine methods by casting your circle with visualization and your inside formation with a material element like salt or stones. Or, cast your circle with a physical item and your inner formation with visualization. There are many different kinds of tools available to help you cast your invisible boundaries. If you have decided to use a tool instead of an outstretched arm, that instrument should be kept in a safe place and a place of dignity. Before you use it, bless it with element water if you like, or let it sit under the light of a full Moon to absorb energy and to be cleansed. How to Cast a Formation When you decide what type of commodity you will use to create your formation, be it a circle, triangle, or square, you can begin. Have all of your tools and enhancements you’ll need for your spell nearby. Be organized and think before you begin. Once you cast your formation, it is best not to have to leave because you forgot something. If you are sitting on a chair, it should be kept in place. If you are using tools or enhancements, they should be on a table or sitting on the floor in which the formation will eventually be cast. White Light Protection Before casting your formation, apply “white light” protection by visualizing a white light of protection around you. The white light will protect you from negativity entering into your body. It may look like a cloud, a tower of light, an oval, or whatever you feel the image to be. It should encompass your entire being for at least the size of the area that you will use to cast your formation. For example, if you are casting a square that will be approximately 6 feet x 6 feet, your white light shield of protection should be at least 6 feet around your entire body. If a circle is 9 feet and five people are included, your white light protection should emanate 9 feet from each person’s body. To bring forth the white light of protection, stand in your spell area, close your eyes, and visualize the white light coming from above you and flowing down and eventually encompassing you. It enters through the top of your head and streams slowly down to your toes and grows outward from there. It should come to the very edges of your formation. If with others, they should all protect themselves with the white light method. Drawing the Formation Next, stand in the direction in which you will be eventually facing to cast the spell. Turn in a clockwise manner, as you will always cast a circle first. Then, also in a clockwise direction, cast your triangle or square. Sprinkle your salt or place your stones or whatever item you have chosen until you have traced a complete formation and are back at the starting point. Do not be concerned if the formation is not perfect. It may have a wave or two, but that is of no concern. One person must be chosen as the caster (person who casts the formation), or facilitator, while the others take their places standing or sitting until the formation is completed. To indicate that the formation is cast and convey to everyone to bring up the energy in the space, an acknowledgment of the completion of the process is recited. As you say the following words, remain standing and raise your arms with palms up as if lifting the energy up from the earth. Say “This ________ (fill in circle, triangle, or square) cast with all-knowing eyes, bring forth the power, may the energy rise.” If you prefer to shorten this, merely say “May the energy rise.” At this point you can be seated and begin your spell as directed. Opening and Closing Your Formation If You Need to Leave If for some reason you must leave your formation before the spell is completed, you must create an invisible doorway in which to leave. Whether you used stones or a wand, you should not leave without the proper passage. If you are using a circle of seashells, for example, stand and take your right hand with your first and second fingers (like a blessing) and pass your hand over the shells at a height that is comfortable for you and large enough for you to fit through. You have made an invisible door. Step over the shells and leave. Do not step on any item that has made up your formation—always step over it. Once on the other side, immediately close the circle in the same manner. When re-entering, open the circle in the same way and close it again when you are back inside. This should take only seconds, as it is virtually done with the sweep of an arm. Although it is not recommended that you leave, things do arise. Sometimes we forget a lighter to light candles or the spell itself. A doorbell can ring, and we have no choice but to answer it. If you are gone for more than ten minutes, however, your area will lose energy and you should start again. Remember that you are part of the energy within the formation, and without you there, it cannot breathe for long. No harm is done if this happens; it just dissipates naturally like wood in a fireplace. Just start a new fire. Releasing Your Formation When Finished Everything needs closure when something is completed, and that also applies to formations. When your spell is accomplished, you must release the energy of the formation. To do this, stand and hold your arms up with palms down angled above your shoulder (as if ready to dive into the water), and in a gentle pushing motion, lower your arms and visualize the energy going back down into the earth. Say, “The energy is released,” or other closing words, such as “Done,” or “It is.” The Circle The circle is the most important formation—this is why all other formations are cast within a circle. There is good reason for that—it works! It fulfills all the needs in any spell and achieves what is necessary in a beautiful and transcendent way. It shields and is a place to contact the God of your understanding, the gods/goddesses, the universal life force energy, spirit guides, angels, or any of the ascended masters. It can also be adapted solely for a place to balance and receive messages from spirit or your inner self, having no spells involved. Sometimes I cast a circle for no special reason. I simply sit and relax ,not releasing any energy or taking in any energy. I do not give or receive . . . I “just be.” (See the “just be” ceremony at the end of the book.) Note: When in doubt as to which formation to cast, cast a circle. The Circle is representative of: wholeness, universal life force, power, achievement, balance, and emotions. Solitary placement: Sit directly in the middle of the circle and face the direction suggested in the spell or the direction that is comfortable for you. Group placement: Always face each other, inward. If only two, face each other. If three, form a triangle inside and decide amongst yourselves who will sit where. Four or more should have one person at each compass point and the rest fill in. Alternate males and females if the numbers allow. No one should sit in the center with his or her back to the others. The facilitator or the group leader should take his or her place with everyone else. The Triangle The pyramids are triangular; the body, mind, and spirit are a trinity. Christian religions recognize the “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” The three phases of the Moon in different belief systems are represented as the three faces of the goddess: “maiden, mother, crone.” The maiden is a waxing Moon, the mother a full Moon, and the crone the waning Moon. We see the power in threes through symbology from ancient culture to modern days. Three is a number of multiplication and abundance. The ancient Greek mathematician Pythagoras spoke of three as the perfect number . . . a beginning, middle, and end. In mythology, a group of three associated gods were referred to as a triad. In daily conversation, we employ our own form of verbal triads using groups of words such as: animal, vegetable, mineral . . . land, air, and sea . . . width, depth, and height . . . and the list goes on and on and on. Three is truly a magickal number and is powerful when working spells. The Triangle is representative of: self-expression of creative and artistic pursuits, spirituality, power and high energy, psychic abilities, astral projection and divination. Solitary placement: Sit at the base of the triangle facing the direction suggested in the spell or the direction that is comfortable for you. Group placement: Always face each other, inward. If two people are present, each should sit at the left and right base of the triangle ,leaving the point open and free. If there are three, each person should take a point of the triangle. If more than three, take the three points and fill in wherever the others are comfortable. The Square Buildings have four sides, a table has four legs, and there are four compass points on a map. All fours represent stability. To cast a spell using a square is not as powerful as a circle or triangle. However, when casting for reasons such as work and career, it is the very best. This is a very specific formation. I think of it as the “no nonsense” formation. If it is love you want, DO NOT use a square. Although the stability of a relationship could possibly fit in, for the most part, a square is all business. A square is an excellent foundation to build upon. For spells that have to do with homebuying or building, the square is the perfect choice. If you want an idea to be set into solid form, this is the formation that should be chosen. People drawn to a square formation can sometimes tend to be workaholics: very practical, productive, and very organized. So if you tend not to be too successful in life or you are a little on the lazy side, the energy from the square may help to balance you. If you are ambitious, energetic, and hard-working but financially void and “luck” has not been with you, the square is also a good choice. The Square is representative of: stability, work and career, all business matters, legal issues, money affairs, and organization. Solitary placement: Sit directly in the middle of the square and face the direction suggested in the spell or the direction that is comfortable for you. Group placement: Always face each other, inward. If only two, you should face each other, one facing the direction north and the other south. For three, form a triangle within the square. Two sit at the base and the third at the point. For four, each take a compass point, not a corner. For more than four, take the compass points and then fill in, alternating males and females if numbers allow. Whether you cast a circle, triangle, square, or some formation of your own, if you have done it with belief, true intention, and seriousness, you should feel a difference in energy within that area. You have created a mystical place of your own, a place that is unique to you—a place that no one else can ever claim or copy. If you are with others, your synergistic efforts have created a place that is unrivaled by any other group. It is perfect for you. •6 • Moon Spell Checklist This checklist is provided to help you stay organized as you prepare to perform any of the spells in this book. It will make the process go more smoothly. Make photocopies of this checklist or use it as a guide to write down what you will require. If you are making copies, I suggest you make extras and keep them in the front or back of the book for future use. DO NOT WRITE ON THIS PAGE Checklist •7• Finding Time Busy work schedules, family commitments, and social activities can make it challenging to find the time to prepare for and perform spells. Sometimes a short amount of time to be alone is the most difficult. If you are single and have a living area to yourself, you should have no problem. However, for the mothers and fathers who have a house full of children and animals, it is quite a different story. Nighttime is an excellent choice. Perhaps when family members have gone to sleep, you can make the extra effort to awake at a certain hour, such as two o’clock in the morning, to conduct your spell. In the very early morning hours, the energy of the planet is lower as most people are sleeping and chaos is minimal. In fact, studies have shown that we are most psychic at approximately 4:00 A.M. for this very reason. If you tend to awaken from sleep with premonitions or intuitive thoughts in the middle of the night . . . check your clock. There is a good chance it will be around 4:00 A.M. If arising at an early hour of the morning is not a possibility, then you may have to sacrifice some appointment during the day or evening to perform your spell. For example, if every week you get together with a special friend for lunch or go to your pottery class, you may have to sacrifice the meeting and use the time to spin your magick. Instead of the half an hour it would take to prepare the family meal, order out or put a frozen dinner into the microwave. Your average spell takes thirty minutes to an hour, depending how elaborate you want to make it and the time you like to just sit and meditate or reflect after the spell is complete. Do not rush anything. Spinning a spell is not like rushing into a grocery store, buying groceries, and preparing the quickest meal possible just to put food in your stomach. It is a mystical, magickal, spiritual ceremony in which you may well receive a result far beyond what you ever thought possible. A blessing like this is nothing to rush. I recently made arrangements to cast a spell with a friend of mine for the following week. Unexpectedly, he came over to my house to drop something off and asked, “While I’m here, can’t we just take ten minutes and do that spell?” He did not understand the process at all. You must slowly build up to the day of the spell. The anticipation and the preparation are all part of the process of creating what you want and bringing it to fruition. Part of the power is the development of energy raising, which starts with the first decision about what type of spell you are going to work. If you must, hire a baby-sitter or ask a friend to watch your pet or children for a period of time—it is worth the effort. People have taken time off from work to cast a spell. I am not promising if you miss work, the money lost will come back through the use of a spell; but if you are serious, you will find the time. I have seen people rent motel rooms just to get away by themselves and not be disturbed. Ask a friend if you could use his or her home for an hour or so while they are shopping if you have no other choice. You will find a way to make the time. You may not be in a position to shut off telephones and have total silence. If this is the case, you must use the right side of the brain a bit more and utilize your creativity. As mentioned earlier in the chapter “Where to Conduct Your Spells,” if the bathroom of your house is the only place in which to be alone, that is what you must do. It is not an insult to the Universe if this is all you have to work with. Sometimes a garage, basement, or attic may be used, unless someone attempts to start looking for you, wondering what you are doing. •8• Overcoming Problems There are two types of problems that may arise while casting a spell—one is mental and the other is physical. The mental can stem from concerns about your religious beliefs or fear of what other people may think of you. In all religious beliefs, there is some type of ceremony or ritual that is involved. No one is suggesting you leave your religion in order to execute these rites. This is an act to enhance your life. You are neither hurting, nor cheating, nor being blasphemous in my opinion. If a clergyperson tells you this is not the case and you are going against the God of your understanding, it is up to you to make the choice. I believe you are merely venturing down a road that may lead to a process that appeals to your subconscious mind to make things happen. I have good friends and clients that practice everything from Judaism, to Catholicism, to Buddhism, and they all use spell magick to better their lives. However, they do not stand up on a soapbox in the middle of town and let the world know of their personal practices. They have come to an understanding in their minds and have no guilt or regrets. That being said, the idea of discussing this with others is up to you, but I do not suggest it if you live among individuals who would scorn such ideas. This is not because these ideas are wrong, but just because some people are afraid of what they do not understand. The subject of metaphysics is controversial. One of the biggest dilemmas I hear from individuals who conduct spells is being with a partner or family member who does not approve of such activities. Sometimes these people expect you to have the same thoughts that they have and do not want you to experiment or try something different. This is not an easy situation, and I have seen divorces over the practice of metaphysical beliefs. Use common sense, and as they say, “let your conscience be your guide.” Belief systems and approaches to life are personal. No two roads to a destination are found by the same map. Therefore, respect other people’s point of view and do not try to convince someone to rethink their convictions and consider your philosophies instead. Be quiet in your soul searching and exploration of different methods that are available to you for creating a successful and fulfilling life. Why make a show of things? We all have the right to delve into new avenues of interest. If someone around you does not agree, you may want to consider conducting your rituals elsewhere or stay very private in what you do. The important thing is that you do nothing to harm anyone physically, mentally, emotionally, or on a spiritual level. While I was renting a house in Sedona, Arizona, I met a woman in her seventies who lived down the block. She was a lovely lady, and we became friends in a short time. I told her I was a writer, and she asked what I wrote about. At the time I was writing about the power of prayer and spirituality. I summed up the subject by saying I was writing on spirituality, which, in fact, was the truth. I did not disclose that I was a third-generation psychic and believe in the philosophy of metaphysics. As we drove past some of the vortexes in Sedona, she began talking about what she described as “New Agers,” by which definition I would best be described. I liked her so much, I did not comment or try to defend New Age thought. I felt it was for the best. What would it have proven and what would it have accomplished? I did not lie; I just chose not to comment one way or the other. One of my better strengths is knowing when to discuss things with certain people and when not to. I do not want someone to attempt to convince me their beliefs are the best, and I do not discuss my beliefs with others unless they ask me and show an interest. In all cases, be discreet about such sensitive subjects. If you live in a home in which the idea of spinning a spell is looked down upon, show discernment and respect for others. Rise above the situation with class, and show others you are not as judgmental as they may be about you. If you should start to feel uneasy about spell making, it is not worth sacrificing your peace of mind, and I would recommend stopping it immediately. If you love the idea, the rituals, and the results, continue doing it. Be true to yourself as long as you never hurt or intentionally cause anyone harm. If these spells work well for you, you may want to share them with others of like mind. The other kind of challenge you may need to overcome when using magick is the physical aspect of making things work. If you are in a very small space and think you cannot cast a circle because a dresser or a bed is in the way, it is not a problem. Cast the formation right over any obstacles. Naturally, you must use the visualization technique of casting a formation as opposed to using material items such as salt. In some areas you may not be able to use candles or other items, but work around it and you will be surprised by what you can achieve. The weather is always a factor when casting spells outside. One question was addressed to me during a lecture I gave in Kansas City. Can a spell be spun outside in the rain? My answer? Why not, if there is no lightning about? If you want to sit outside with a gentle rain falling, you may regard it as the element of water entering into your spell with a little extra force. Some may see rain as purification or a cleansing. For me, to be rained on as I sit in a chair or on the ground trying to concentrate is not conducive to tranquility, and I would rather go inside or reschedule the entire event. This is a personal preference. The rule of thumb you may want to remember is, if something is a distraction and takes away from your concentration, you are putting undo stress on yourself. So why do it? Regarding pets: Not everyone has a separate room to put a pet into when doing a ritual. You may not feel it is right to lock your pet up while performing these actions. Sometimes the animal will protest with scratching or barking or whatever your pet does when upset. If you have a pet that is quiet and will sit calmly and you feel you want this peaceful creature to be a part of your ritual, then include her. For the most part, if it is easier to have the animal next to you than wandering back and forth, in and out of your formation, have him in the formation. Can you use your beloved animal to take the place of a person, hence having a group ritual? Not really, unless it understands what the ceremony is about and can also concentrate on the same intention. •9• Creating and Walking a Moon Circle A Moon circle is a place to receive messages about your future. You can build one for yourself or with others. It is a circle created by the use of shells, rocks, stones, bricks, pinecones, or anything you choose. The reason a circle is used is that the energy comes up faster within a circle and continues to turn, creating a vibration that will allow you to tap into your future more readily. The circle is divided into the four major compass directions, each one having specific meanings and insights. The Moon circle provides a place sincere people can resolve problems and come to a better understanding of situations, as well as foreseeing future events. With a Moon circle, you can draw from the universal life force energy to receive messages and to prevent disharmony from coming into your life. It is like a magick mirror that looks into the future. Native American traditions show us the use of a medicine wheel, which has some basic similarities but is far different. I have great respect for the medicine wheel and feel it is a powerful tool for healing and balance. However, the two should not be confused—the medicine wheel is more complex and requires much more understanding of Native American beliefs. How to Make a Moon Circle You can style a temporary circle or assemble a permanent one if you live on a piece of land that is spacious. If you have the capability to make your circle outside among nature, you will receive that extra-earth connection. However, if you do not have that opportunity, you can create one in your living room or another appropriate indoor space. Choose the spot where you will create your circle. It can be an area that just “feels good” to you. You will mark off the four compass points—north, south, east, and west—with some type of stone or indicator. Next, make a second small circle in the center that will surround your crystal, stone, etc. The center circle is the energy point. You may opt to create a third, and largest, circle that encompasses the two inner circles. This provides a walkway around the inner circle, keeping the energy contained. As indicated in the illustration on page 47, remember to leave a gateway or opening from the east through which you enter and one in the west through which you exit. If forming the minimum temporary-style Moon circle, you will need five stones, crystals, shells, bricks, or whatever you have available to mark the spot. First place a stone at each compass point and one in the center. Although this may look like a cross, you must visualize an etheric circle connecting the outer stones. Keep in mind the size of your circle. If you will be working your magick alone, a small circle will do. If you intend to work with someone else or others, you will have to make the circle large enough to accommodate all those involved. Also consider how you will sit. Not all of us are able to bend or move freely. Be practical by placing chairs, stools, or pillows to sit on within the circle before you start your ceremony, if necessary. I use large logs on occasion when outdoors. How to Walk the Moon Circle Once your circle is in place, enter the circle from the east, as this is where the Sun rises and is the direction that opens all passages. You will exit through the west, where the Sun sets. If using a three-circle layout, you will have already created an entry point to pass through. Next you should cleanse yourself and the circle. You may want to use a smudge stick of white sage as a form of purification. You can buy a stick of white sage at most health food stores or New Age gift stores. Light the sage stick and let it smother. When it starts to smoke, pass it back and forth in front of and around your own body as a form of purging. You are bathing yourself in smoke. If others are involved, smudge them as well, passing the smoke around them. Some people use loose sage and light it in a seashell, using a feather to spread the smoke. However, the sage stick is usually the easiest, as it requires no other tools. Next, smudge the circle in the same manner, spreading smoke throughout the circle to release negativity. If you do not have sage or prefer not to smudge, simply pass your hand in a sweeping motion over the circle and visualize any remaining negativity leaving the circle. To cleanse yourself, shake your hands in front of yourself as if shooing the negativity away and out of your body. This is the quick and simple way. I do recommend using the smudge stick if possible. Now you are ready to walk the circle. Start from the east and walk around clockwise at least three times. It will take a cycle of three to bring up the energy of the circle, as three is a number of multiplication. If, after three walks, you do not feel the energy in the circle shifting, continue to walk until you feel it is time to stop. If others are with you, they should follow. When you stop, stop in the direction you are led to and sit in that section of the circle. When working with others, they may not choose the same direction to stop or they may want to continue to walk until they are led to their special place. Someone may choose to sit in the same direction with you, as this is where they are led, and others may sit in an opposite place. There is no right or wrong. Sharing a space with someone will not take away energy from you or deplete the messages you are receiving. You may sit with your hands in a receiving position with palms up, or you may decide to cross your hands and concentrate in a contained manner. Some people feel when meditating or becoming in tune with the universal forces, it is not good to cross hands or legs. I have done both and think that your comfort is the most important issue because you need to be relaxed and comfortable for this particular ritual. Always sit facing inward, toward the center power point. In other words, you may be in the section that is considered north, but once in the north area, you are actually turned and facing south. The message you pick up will be of a southern nature with crossovers of energy from the north. It is not necessary to know what direction you have ended up in, as you can determine that later. Once you are seated in your direction or message point, calm your mind and relax. Allow the message to come to you. Ask silent questions if you like, and see what answers you intuit. Once you feel you have received your messages or answers from the collective consciousness, take your time and slowly rise. Give thanks to the energy of the circle by saying something to yourself or out loud such as, “I give thanks to the earth and the life force for guidance.” Make up what you like. You may just say a simple thank-you with a bow of the head. Acknowledge the power from above that has visited to help and guide you. Leave the circle from the west, where the Sun goes down, as this gives closure to the ceremony. Meanings of the Four Directions North From the north springs forth wisdom and completion. It is a time of delivery and freedom from things that may have been a challenge in our lives. It is a call for balance in all things. Its message is to find answers here and now using practical solutions and common sense. As we travel upward, moving in a northerly direction, our journey may become more difficult as we are nearing the end of a cycle. It is this direction that instructs us that this is not the time to give up when we are so close to completion. This direction can have difficulties attached to it, but the trip will be well worth the result. Here is where things are concluded and you may feel the most equalized. North represents power, organizing, insight, and justice. Whenever in doubt, turn north. South Everything emotional comes from the south. Symbolically, south is a time for preparing for the future. It is a place of emotion and affairs of the heart. This point represents passion and fullness and reminds us to learn to control our bodies. Here we learn self-control of our emotional selves and how to express feelings without hurting others. It is in the south that we also learn to release feelings of hurt and anger. Creativity stems from the south as well, and we can make the connection to artistic pursuits and issues dealing with imagination and inventiveness. East The day begins in the east. It is renewal, birth, and rebirth. It is with this direction that we find spontaneity, innocence, hope, and trust. The first light enters from the east, providing leadership and guidance. We learn many lessons from the messages of the east. We learn to believe in what we cannot see, feel, or touch. We learn to be more open-minded to things we do not understand. This is a place where a new venture or a different path through life may be awakened. It is also from this direction we must recognize that in order to proceed into the future, we must accept and deal with the present. Once we have accomplished this, we can move in a different direction. This is the conception of all things, including love, career, health, spirituality, and balance. You may have already been through many of life’s tests. But when spirit moves you to try yet again or venture out to do something new, you will find yourself in the direction of the east. West The Sun sets in the west and brings in the night, mystery, and dreams; it is the gateway to the unknown. The direction west signifies completion of a situation or goal. It can suggest to you that it is time to complete something you have been procrastinating about. Power and strength generate in the west. This compass point prescribes determination and development. The west tells us to go within ourselves for guidance where the energy is calmer and your level of tension sets like the Sun. We find acceptance of who we are; and if we don’t like what we find, we must change it. If you are not looking for a specific message or answer within a Moon circle but feel you need the connection to a specific direction, walk your circle and intentionally sit in the direction from which you feel you need to draw guidance and absorb its energy through meditation. Example: If you do not know whether to interview for a new job, sit in the direction east and concentrate. Be careful of meditating too much in the northern compass point, because like the winter, you may lose your warmth. Use all directions in moderation. PART II Creating a Magickal Atmosphere Introduction Nothing is more important to a successful spell than creating the right atmosphere and the kind of mood that will be both inspirational and relaxing. Some of these enhancement ideas and magickal tools are necessary as an integral part of the spell, while others are optional. Each spell states whether something is optional or not. Don’t feel you have to try all these ideas at once—experiment. •10• Magickal Enhancements Food and Beverage Three simple words: Keep it light! A spell on a full stomach is not recommended. A heavy meal can leave you sleepy or uncomfortable. Avoid meat the day of your spell, if you can. Stick with fruits and vegetables as much as possible. Fish—baked, but not fried or in a heavy sauce—is a good option. Wait at least two hours after eating to begin your spell. Try to avoid caffeinated or carbonated beverages; distilled water is an excellent choice because the impurities have been removed. A cup of caffeine-free herbal tea is soothing and relaxing. Try a blend of chamomile and passionflower. Although some of the spells include a sip of wine or fruit juice during the actual spell, do not take it to extremes. Clothing As with food and drink, here, too, three simple words apply: natural, loose, and clean. One hundred percent cotton is a wise choice. A loose white gauze garment is nonrestricting and gives you a sense of cleanliness and purity. Some individuals enjoy taking the time to find certain color garments for special spells. The same colors listed in the candle color chart (see page 63) can be used for clothing as well. If you do not have a cotton garment, choose something as close as possible, like a cotton blend. Comfort is important: Tight jeans and belts do not allow your body to relax. However, wear jeans if they are the most comfortable thing you own—and most jeans are 100 percent cotton. If you are in a private place, you may decide to just wear a robe, towel, or oversized T-shirt. You may even opt for nudity. The choice is yours. Before you get dressed, make every effort to take a bath or shower. Start fresh and clean. Think as you are showering or bathing that you are washing any negative energy off your body. A bath is an excellent idea, especially if you use music and candlelight. If you’re doing a group spell, bathe or shower before leaving the house or before the group arrives. If you can’t shower, at least wash your hands and face. If you can wash your feet, that’s even better. If water is not available, shake your hands and visualize negativity being removed. Music Music has the ability to create a sense of peace—providing it’s the right music. By virtue of the fact you are reading this book, I feel safe in saying you most likely are a seeker of peace and well-being. In all likelihood, you already have in your possession music that soothes you. Slow classical music or New Age music seems to be the most popular. Drumming and chanting recordings are also something to consider. Nature tapes offering gentle background music can be found in most department or music stores. After purchasing any new tape or CD, listen to the entire recording before using it for spell work. The first two selections may be ideal, but if song number three goes up thirty decibels and a wolf starts howling, it could send you crashing down from your altered state. If you have the time, visit your local music or New Age store. Most provide headsets and demonstration tapes that give you the opportunity to listen before you buy. The recording you choose should be long enough to last your entire spell. Music that suddenly stops in the middle of a ceremony will also break the mood. If you have no choice and you must turn a tape over, at the very least have your sound system close to you so you do not have to leave your spell area. Music is the sound of the soul: If you can include it in your rituals, all the better. •11• Magickal Tools Any tangible item used for ritual can be considered a magickal tool as long as it means something special to you. The creative part of our brain works in symbols, so it makes sense to use symbols as a way to conduct creative magick. You probably already have magickal tools and may not even recognize them. It may be your favorite picture that makes you “feel good” upon merely looking at it, that special coin that a relative gave you when you were a child, or a favorite pen you’ve had for years. Candles Candles bring light into our lives—both literally and symbolically. They chase away the darkness and allow new projects, thoughts, and relationships to emerge. Lighting candles before a spell can create very powerful energy. Candles also represent the three levels in which we exist. The wax corresponds to our physical body, the wick to our mind, and the flame to our soul or spirit. Candles come in a myriad of colors, shapes, and sizes. Some are scented, some unscented. For our purposes, shape and scent (or lack thereof) are unimportant. Do give some consideration to the size of your candle. If you deem your spell will take an hour, don’t light a candle that burns for only thirty minutes. Color is a significant part of what candle burning is all about. Different colors represent different vibrations. As the candle burns, the vibration of that color is released. Refer to the color chart to clarify which color best suits your needs. You may use just one candle or a combination. If you don’t have the ideal color available, use white. When burning a white candle, pay attention to the smoke. When it starts to smoke, negative energy is being cleansed from the area. When the smoke subsides, the energy in that area is cleansed and clear. Take caution in purchasing a white candle that is too inexpensive. Inexpensive white candles smoke too readily and can confuse you. However, I would also not advise going to the extreme and looking for top-of-the-line candles. Use common sense and buy moderately. When working with candles, always use caution and do not leave them unattended. Candle Color Interpretation CANDLE COLOR ASSOCIATED ENERGY WHITE Purity, power, newness, spells, healing, peace, and psychic skills. White will intensify the effect of any color candle it is used with. BLACK Removal of negative energy; not a color of evil or negativity. Release and banish. BLUE Peace, tranquility, protection, fidelity, astral projection. BROWN Protection for the household; telepathy, stability. SILVER Neutralizer of negative energy or forces. GREEN Prosperity, money, success; counteracts jealousy, ambition. ORANGE Provides additional energy needed for work or other endeavors; promotes order, control over the self. PINK Love, friendship, romance, affection, giving. PURPLE Intuition, psychic pursuits, power and independence, wisdom. RED Fertility, physical strength, sexual passion, courage. YELLOW Well-being, self-esteem, attraction, glamour, action. As mentioned earlier, this chart can also be used as a guide for making clothing color choices. Incense and Fragrances In my experience, people either love incense or they have an aversion to it. Incense also comes in different sizes, shapes, and forms. Some types of incense are already labeled with names reflecting the effects they hope to achieve: There is stress-relieving incense, energy incense, love incense, and so on. Some people prefer to burn potpourri or oils. One of the purposes of incense in these particular rituals is to bring you into an altered state of consciousness in the most peaceful way possible. If the smell of sage or sandalwood calms you, use it. But if your sinuses say no, give them respect. Don’t get caught up in what others have decided is the best aroma for you. For example, studies have shown citrus fragrances promote energy, and the smell of lilac can calm us. But don’t force yourself to inhale a scent you don’t care for simply because the label states “incense for romance.” Always buy what you enjoy. Experimenting with new aromas is also fun. Most incense is inexpensive and sometimes sold by the stick. One thing to be careful of: If you are going to do a spell inside or in a small area, try your new purchase out prior to its actual use. Otherwise, you may be subject to a disagreeable smell for hours, if not days. Incense can take a while to dissipate and may linger in the air for a long period of time. Here are some recommended scents and herbs you may want to try that correspond to certain magickal work. Remember: These are only suggestions and not a must. Health Bay Carnation Cedar Eucalyptus Juniper Lavender Lemon Balm Myrrh Pine Sage Sandalwood Thyme Love Apple Musk Rose Ambergris Basil Cinnamon Chamomile Dragon’s Blood Jasmine Lemongrass Patchouli Peppermint Career/Job Vanilla Allspice Clove Nutmeg Pine Wisteria Heliotrope Spruce Sage Mint Honeysuckle Cedar Bayberry Women’s Issues Musk Orange Hyacinth Myrrh Pine Rose Men’s Issues Musk Cedar Jasmine Spirituality Frankincense Heliotrope Jasmine Sweetgrass Gardenia Pine Sage Violet Sandalwood Rose Crystals and Gemstones Crystals bring life to our quartz watches. They receive and transmit radio waves. Without quartz crystals, the computer age would never have happened: They are what make up integrated circuits and electronic chips. The power of crystals go far beyond the products we have derived from them. They are important tools in magick, having the ability to focus and direct energy to a specific intention. Some say they have healing powers, mentally, physically, and spiritually. Many other stones also have special energies that can assist in your spells. For a quick reference, I’ve listed a few below. But this is a huge area of exploration. If you want to know more, your local bookstore or library will certainly contain numerous books on the subject. Gem Stone Qualities A special note about quartz crystals: These stones are available in nature stores, gem shops, and most New Age gift stores in rough or polished form. You need not spend more than a few dollars on your crystals. Start with something small, and go to a larger size if you feel it’s necessary. If you are unsure of which is the best stone to intensify your spells, use a clear quartz crystal. Clear quartz crystal—stimulates healing, balances the elements to fulfill us and make us whole. Aids psychic development. Amethyst—a very powerful spell stone. Psychics and healers have used its curative properties for years. Helpful in dispelling anger and anxiety, aids in feeling less scattered. Carnelian—often called the stone of good luck. Said to purify the blood, stimulate sexual emotions, and aid in sexual function. Lapis lazuli—draws love to us. It is also reputed to be effective in healing headaches, high blood pressure, depression, insomnia, and other such ailments. Malachite—increases energy, is connected to change and creativeness. The Egyptians wore crushed malachite as eye shadow to guard against the evil eye. Moonstone—is said to be a stone of magic. It increases psychic abilities and is used widely for spell rituals. Astral projection is accelerated when using a moonstone. Rose quartz—also known as the love stone. A stone that deals with the energy of all the emotions. Turquoise—builds strength, provides protection. It is the sacred stone to the Native Americans. It is a protective stone for horses and their riders. In Arabia it is a stone of meditation. It has the quality of absorbing negative energy. When purchasing, carefully touch the crystals at the store. A stone chooses you, you don’t choose it. It will just “feel good” to you, having something the others don’t possess. Use your gut feeling—which is your intuition talking to you. Charging Your Crystal Once you find your crystal, it needs to be “cleared, charged, and programmed.” Cleanse it of a past owner’s energy and/or the energy that has been placed on it by individuals examining it by washing it in cold water or letting it sit in a bowl of water. Next, use the Moon to charge your crystal. Place it overnight in view of one of the phases listed below: New Moon—a crystal charged in this phase specifically offers energy that supports new beginnings, confidence, hope, and specifically anything of increase. Full Moon—a crystal charged in this phase brings power to support anything you want to achieve. This is actually the best all-around phase to utilize. Once you have cleared and charged your crystal, the last step is to program it. Hold it in your hand, and focus on the vibrational energy you are looking for to accomplish your goal. Visualize your final goal, but not the way you think you’re going to get there. For example: If you want to lose twenty pounds, see yourself on the scale twenty pounds thinner. Don’t try to analyze the way it will come about. This is best left to your higher power to solve. If you choose, you can program any of your other gemstones as well. Element Water Throughout the spells you will see the use of what I refer to as element water. Element water is basically water that has been charged to help you do magick during a thunderstorm. It represents fire, earth, air, and water, a forceful mix of elements at their highest potency. Lightning represents fire, which corresponds to power, energy, magick, and lust. Thunder represents air, which corresponds to spirituality, health, and knowledge. The strength of the storm represents earth, which corresponds to nature, being grounded, wisdom, and all things material. The rain in itself represents water, which corresponds to emotions, reflection, love, creativity, and purification. How to Make Element Water Basically you are collecting rainwater with intention. First you will need a container to collect the water. I have used glass, plastic, clay pottery, and almost any type of container one can use, and I have seen no difference. You may feel a natural material is better or something you feel is special has more impact. If these are your thoughts, then seek a special container. I personally use two or three chalices. The important thing is that the container is new or extremely clean, having been sterilized in a dishwasher or by boiling if it is made of glass. If the container is new, still clean it to remove energies from other people who may have handled it. Because thunderstorms are not all that common, I recommend obtaining as much water as possible so you will always have some on hand. If you know that a storm is approaching, take your container and place it in a spot where it will collect water. Some people always leave a container outside just in case, and others only place one out when they are almost certain a storm is near. After the storm and your water has been collected, you should invoke a “hand blessing.” Place both hands above the container with your palms facing down and say, “Bless this water. May it empower my intentions.” Now, transfer your element water into a practical container for later use if you are not using it immediately. A glass or plastic jug or bottle with a lid is a good choice. This water is not limited to use only during rituals. It can also be used to bless something. Feel free to separate your water into smaller bottles for traveling or even to give a small bottle to a friend. It is a perfect gift for someone who is like-minded because it comes from nature and you have put your personal energy into it with good thoughts and well wishes. Around the holidays, I take element water and put it in tiny plastic containers with little labels that read, “Element Water.” I then tie ribbons around the necks of the containers and give them to special friends in case they want to bless something. I used element water to bless my car, computer, office, home, and the cat next door! See “Element Water Blessings” under the section on miscellaneous spells in this book for a short but powerful blessing ceremony. Special Notes • Element water will only be powerful when rain, lightning, and thunder are all present. An average rain will not do. • Do not use water that flows from a gutter! It may seem to be a very easy solution, especially if you want a large amount quickly. However, the fact is the rainwater being channeled through the gutter is not as pure as water coming directly from the sky because it has picked up debris. • Do not be concerned about pollution in the air when gathering water. Your blessing over the water purifies it. • Do not drink the water, as it is not meant for your inner body. • If you are not in an area where you are able to collect water, ask a friend to do it for you. However, you must conduct the “hand blessing” once it is in your possession. • Be cautious in thunderstorms and do not go out when lighting is about. For safety reasons, wait till the storm is over to bring your collected water inside. Additional Magickal Tools Other magickal tools that I mention in Part III on spells will include the following. Feel free to substitute what is available or what works for you. Wand or knife: Sword, athame, letter opener, or any type of wand or long crystal. Any pointed object that extends as a pointer will work. One can purchase decorative wands displaying gemstones and crystals in New Age gift stores, fantasy stores, or through Internet Web sites. A double-edged knife is also available through the same sources. Fire-burning container: Iron pot, mini-chiminera (small Mexican fireplace), ashtray, metal trash can, cauldron. Anything that can contain a piece of paper being burned within a safe vessel. Special drinking glass: Any container that can hold wine or grape juice: wine glass, cup, bowl, chalice, or favorite goblet. Optional tools: • Flowers and fruit • Religious statues or holy cards • Tarot cards or Runes (or other methods for telling future events; psychic forms of divination) • Pendulum (Information on making decisions using a pendulum can be found in Chapter 18.) • Pentacle or pentagram symbol (The pentacle is a five-pointed star with lines connecting with a circle encompassing it. A pentagram is the same five-pointed star but has no circle. This symbol represents the elements earth, air, fire, water, and what is sometimes known as the fifth element, spirit. A pentacle or pentagram can also represent the human body with legs and arms outstretched. This symbol is often used in rituals as a form of protection while the ritual is underway. The star should always be in an upright position. The reverse is considered to be negative.) • Cross—any kind (The universal symbol of a cross represents the bringing together of multiple dualities into a single whole. It can represent human form with extended arms, as well as a crossroads in your life. Crosses have numerous religious and spiritual meanings.) • Bells (A bell can be rung to invoke universal powers and note the beginning of a ritual. Some people use bells as a form of protection to keep evil away.) Who knows what contains magick and love for each individual? But I do know if you have such items, you should hold them dear and use them to assist you. Personal Altars To have a personal altar is by no means a requirement for doing spell work, but it is an excellent place in which to keep your magick tools and to worship whomever you choose. Use it not only as storage for these special items but also as a place to pray, meditate, and to receive answers from your higher self. An altar can be any area that is flat. It can be a separate small table or any section on your dresser. The top of a large sound speaker could be used; a bookshelf or two cement blocks with a piece of wood laid across them would do. Once again, you get to be creative. You may not want to have a permanent altar but prefer to set up a temporary one just for your spell use. Your altar typically would display items such as candles, incense, wands, knives, gemstones, statues, chalices, element or holy water, and anything else that you would use as a special component that had spiritual and enchanting properties. I do not feel there is any special way to set up an altar. Move things around until it looks and feels right to you. An outside altar is also a lovely thing to create if possible. It can be built near a favorite tree using stones and bricks. You may construct a special table outside made of wood. To make it even easier, use a tree stump or a rock that is fairly level. When fashioning an altar, try to stay away from the use of too much metal. Natural materials are always the best. However, if your only choice is an altar containing a lot of metal, try to cover it. Use a natural fabric or put a piece of wood over it. Try to keep things natural. As for the direction to face your altar, there are many schools of thought. Some suggest facing north because it is the most grounded direction. Others will recommend facing the altar east because it is the direction the Sun and Moon rise. Each direction has its special meaning and place. Therefore, I feel you should put it anywhere in which it is practical. I have seen rolling altars, where people have made altars on the top of units that have wheels so they can roll through a room to face the direction they feel it needs to face for a particular spell or meditation. A rolling altar can also be kept out of the way in a closet if you are pressed for space. Altars are extremely personal, as well as very interesting, and there is no right or wrong way in which to set up this area of sacred items. PART III Spells Introduction As a magickal practitioner, you should consider these spells with a great sense of seriousness. If you are confronted by troubling issues and these rites resolve them, then I have attained my purpose in sharing this material. Remember that your intentions must be for good and harm no one or yourself on any level. These ceremonial magick techniques are intended for use in addition to common sense and logical efforts to achieve your desires. Be patient, as you are appealing to invisible forces to help you acquire visible results. If, after several efforts, you still do not reach the objective you are looking for, accept that the universe has something better in mind for you. At the very least, you have been recognized; this attention will promote positive and distinguished movement in your life. •12 • Health When one door of Happiness closes, another opens, but we often look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us. —Helen Keller A good health spell can do wonders for the psyche. However, none of these rituals is intended to replace traditional medical or psychological treatment. These spells are intended to be considered an addition to any necessary treatment or remedies health care professionals may suggest. The mind is instrumental in the healing of the physical body and rituals are a request to the subconscious, as well as to the body itself, to restore any disease it may have. When a distinct idea gets its direction from mental focus through concentration and determination, we have the ability to make an entrance into a unique and effective realm—one from which healing and positive transformation are available to us. Performing a healing spell or ritual serves as petition to the universal life force for assistance. When such a spell does work,